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Dogs - Obesity Obesity is the most common nutrition-related health problem for dogs, with some experts estimating that 25 to 44 percent of dogs are obese. You may think that it’s no big deal for  your pup to gain a few extra pounds, but you’re wrong—just a couple of pounds can be significant. For example, an extra 5 pounds on a dog that should weight 17 pounds is equivalent to an extra 50 pounds on a person who should weigh 170. Dogs that are obese can develop diabetes, respiratory problems, and gastrointestinal disorders.